What to Do If the OneTab Extension Lost All Your Tabs

OneTab extension lost all tabs

My OneTab tabs are gone!

Take a deep breath. We know how stressful it can be to have lost so much of your saved stuff at once. Worst case scenario you get to start a new life right?

If you updated the Google Chrome browser or got a new computer and were shocked to find that every one of your OneTab tabs had disappeared, there's a chance you'll be able to recover them.

A quick look at the OneTab reviews and Reddit should at least reassure you that you aren’t the only one with this problem. If you’re looking for a reliable OneTab alternative, give Workona's extension a try.

How to manually export your OneTab tabs

Hopefully you already have a OneTab export or you still have access to your OneTab tabs so you can create one.

In any case, if you decide to keep using OneTab going forward, you should know how to export your OneTab tabs. Unfortunately the OneTab help page doesn’t explain how to export, so here are the steps:

  1. Click on the OneTab Chrome extension icon
  2. Click on Export / Import URLs
  3. Copy all the text in the Export URLs section
  4. Paste them in a Google Doc, Word document, or text file
  5. Keep the file somewhere safe in case your OneTab tabs disappear again

Restore lost tabs from a OneTab export

If you are lucky enough to have manually exported your OneTab tabs recently, then this is by far the best way to restore your lost tabs:

  1. Click on the OneTab Chrome extension icon
  2. Click on Export / Import URLs
  3. Expand the Import URLs section
  4. Open the OneTab export file
  5. Copy and paste all the URLs in the file into the Import URLs section
  6. Click Import to restore the lost tabs

The OneTab backups don’t include any of the starred or locked state of your tab groups. This means that you will need to manually re-lock and re-star all of your tab groups after you restore them.

Last resort: Restore deleted One Tab data from a computer backup

If you don’t have an export of your One Tab tabs but really need them back, you may have to resort to restoring to an earlier state from a backup of your computer. One Tab’s data lives on your computer’s hard drive just like all your other files, so restoring to a backup of your computer should recover your lost One Tab tabs.

This is obviously a bad option since you’ll lose everything else you’ve done on your computer since that backup. Because it’s hard to know what you’ll lose when you restore your computer, avoid this method unless it’s an emergency.

Instead, take the opportunity to start fresh on a stable tab management extension like Workona.

Transitioning to a more reliable tab manager

Workona’s Chrome extension helps you organize your tabs and save memory. Best of all, your saved tabs are securely backed up in the cloud and can be easily recovered if you ever lose them.

So if you update Chrome, your tabs are safe. If you reformat your hard drive, your tabs are safe. If someone steals your computer, your tabs are safe. Okay, you get the point.

Try Workona’s free alternative to OneTab

If you found another way to recover when OneTab lost all your tabs, we'd love to hear them!